Transformer

Transformer

God sends the heat of his love to purify and transform us.

comment | Posted Aug 18, 2015

The seven hundred acres of fields on the ranch providing feed for cattle and horses were a challenge for plow and sower and reaper. And if one of those machines broke down during the window offered by the season, it could mean losing a crop. Continue »


The Transfiguration Points to Our Destiny in Christ

Every year on August 6, the church celebrates one of the most dramatic moments in the gospel, when Jesus’ first followers are given a glimpse of his heavenly glory. Continue »


I Can Do All Things in Christ

I Can Do All Things in Christ

We can do whatever God asks of us because Jesus has given us his divine strength.

comment | Posted Jul 22, 2015

One of the most promising—and intriguing—passages in the New Testament is this: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Continue »


A Call to Repentance

A Call to Repentance

comment | Posted Jul 10, 2015

As the years go by, I become more and more awed by the gifts that God has given to so many of us all over the world. He gave them to teach, to strengthen, to heal, and to equip us for the building up of the body of Christ. Continue »


The Fruits of Confession

The Fruits of Confession

Confession is a new beginning, a fresh chance at life.

comment | Posted Jun 26, 2015

The fruits of Confession are manifold and profound. We experience them primarily in the order of grace. Sometimes we notice an immediate improvement in our prayer. Sometimes we sense renewed strength in our moral struggles—against gossip, say, or a negative attitude, or a critical spirit. Continue »


Holding to Love Until the End

Holding to Love Until the End

Practical Advice on Caring for a Dying Loved One

comment | Posted Jun 11, 2015

In the course of the next five years, many of us will experience the loss of a loved one. Maybe our parents are getting up in years. We may lose our husband or wife. Perhaps a close friend will become seriously ill. Continue »


Pentecost Is for Us!

Pentecost Is for Us!

Experience the Holy Spirit

comment | Posted May 23, 2015

Have you ever noticed the vast difference that can exist between understanding something intellectually and experiencing it personally? Before his death, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, but his disciples had little understanding of what he meant until the Spirit fell on them in power on Pentecost. Continue »


Our Mother Mary Brings Life to Us, Her Children

How does Mary mediate life to us? First, she brings Jesus to us. Let’s look at the visitation of Mary to her aged cousin, Elizabeth. Continue »


When Your Worst Fear Becomes Reality

When Your Worst Fear Becomes Reality

I can’t think. I can hardly pray. But I can trust and love.

comment | Posted Apr 28, 2015

My first big clue that something was very wrong came in February 2009. I was on a Christian mission trip to Costa Rica, meeting with a small group of women. Suddenly I couldn’t understand a word they were saying. Continue »


My Lord and My God!

My Lord and My God!

The apostle Thomas was blessed to see Jesus. But what about us?

comment | Posted Apr 12, 2015

The apostle Thomas is best remembered as the doubter—a stubborn realist who needed hard evidence before he would believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. Continue »


Jesus’ Victory Is the Source of Our Hope

Have you ever read a newspaper story about a prison inmate who was facing execution? Or perhaps you’ve seen a movie that depicts a convict on death row. It’s a very intense situation, and the condemned man tends to be solemn, quiet, and reflective. Continue »


Recognizing Christ in the Poor

Jesus of Nazareth identified himself with the poor. He who pronounced the words “This is my body” over the bread said the very same words about the poor. Continue »


Embracing the Gospel This Lent

By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Continue »


Lent—A Time of Transformation

Lent—A Time of Transformation

As winter gives way to spring, God offers us a new life in his Spirit.

comment | Posted Feb 19, 2015

Spring is a time of anticipation. Winter has faded, and we all begin to look for signs of new life. The sun is closer to us and the earth is warmer. Continue »


Keep the Fire Burning

Keep the Fire Burning

Keeping the Fire of the Holy Spirit Burning in Our Hearts

comment | Posted Feb 10, 2015

How do we accept the call to discipleship with eagerness, enthusiasm, and fervor, willing to lay our lives down for the Lord, no matter the cost? How do we keep the fire of the Holy Spirit burning in our hearts? . . . Continue »


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